Last Sunday I spent the day visiting the Country Living Christmas Fair which was hosted by the Business Design Centre in Islington. I had seen the Christmas event advert last year but didn’t have the time to go to it. The event was a short walk from Angel station and I hadn’t been to the venue before. The Country Living Christmas Fair showcases products that the Country Living Magazine would feature. Most of the stalls at the fair were independent sellers selling handmade products. As the products were handmade they were all quite expensive but lots of people didn’t leave empty handed.
The venue was quite small compared to Earls Court ect and the stalls were quite close together and every now and then it would get really crowded whilst walking around. Whilst walking around I met the lovely Alice Tait who had a stand selling her illustrations. Alice has worked for the likes of Jamie Oliver to Vogue. I absolutely love her illustrations and she has decided to venture off on her own with her own drawings and products. Her product ranges are sold in a number of stores in London and you can find her products on her website Alice Tait. I love the illustrations of all the landmarks in London and Paris and there is also one for the whole world too.I came across another stand that I liked as I thought the sheep looked quite cute and they were made by the artist called Penny Lindop. She had a wide range of products from canvases to Christmas cards all with animals and wool which brings them to life which is a really effective idea.
I wished I had bought a Robin card now as they were black and white designs with a small robin with a red wool effect to really bring out the Robin from the scene. You can see all Penny’s Lindop designs over at her website Penny Lindop.
Another stall that defiantly caught my eye was the Sudzfun Handmade Soap stand. The handmade novelty soaps defiantly stood out the most at the Country Living Christmas Fair I wanted to buy most of the things they had.
My favourite soaps were the drink, sweets and food soaps as they all looked realistic. These would make great presents for someone for Christmas but for me I don’t think I’d ever be able to use it as they look too good.I was a bit disappointed that there weren’t any Christmas food stalls selling gift sets or food to eat there on the go. The event also had a theatre where I watched a demonstration on making Christmas treats such as Honeycomb and Popcorn.
After the demonstrations were over everyone in the audience got to try all the food which was quite nice. It was a good day out to get into the Christmas Spirit and to see all the handmade gifts, I would defiantly go again next year.
Did you go the Country Living Christmas Fair?